Monthly Archives: February 2013

Who is in your kitchen?

My husband has decided he wants to be in the kitchen. He made this decision a couple of years ago and it is wonderful! He enjoys the creative outlet of cooking and his new hobby means we buy more kitchen gadgets (I love it and certainly sur le table, williams sonoma, Macy’s and the Dollar store have all benefited.)

Last night his sister and our brother in law came to dinner. Joe cooked. I did not do a thing! Wonderful–adn soooooo delicious.

Our daughter cooks–encouraged her into the ktichen when she wanted to.

Our son liked to putter in the kitchen too–he called himself the McGyver of food, putting together odd combinations when he was not pleased by what I was serving for supper.

Last year our duaghter gave her Dad a cooking class (for the three of us) at Sur Le Table for his 65th.

What am I advocating? Encourage yoru family into the kitchen–to watch, to try out combinations themselves. Cooking is a creative outlet. It’s fun and sociable–an acitivty to share.




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Children need to be flexible in today’s world–okay, all of us need this. There is no better way to teach it than the arts. More on this later. Arts instruction for adults is a good way to expand our thinking processes too! One of my favorite “teachers”  of writing is poet, writer, speaker, Alice Osborn. I’m participating in her blog hop today–check it out!


So, Moms and Dads

What happens when you encourage your child to read, to love words, to respect the use of words, to play with them? Possibly they will publish poetry.

My first piece of commercially accepted writing was a poem (at age 14). Today, one of my poems, “Meeting Waves” comes out in an online journal–many other poems, articles, plays, short stories and books since that first poem—but poetry is still my first word-play love.

Review and Results

Sometimes we need to take a minute to review our accomplishments and plan for the future. Over the past three days I have been impressed with the realization of how short my time is here on earth. I haven’t written a blockbuster. Haven’t won bigtime awards.

Have been able to send my work into homes and hearts of many through newspapers, articles, performances in schools, libraries and museums. My husband reminded me tho, that it is the encouraging of people I did on a one on one that is probably the most lasting. No one knows about that work. No one knows how my larger work affected individuals. No one but God. So, a reminder to do my work for him, to thebest of my ability, with whatever time I have left here and leave the results, the impact to Him.

Instead of the Wednesday Recipe, Some food for thought

check out this blog in its entirety–

Let this quote whet your appetite on how children should treat other children who are “different”, in this case it is a disability, but it could be anything:

Her kindness toward this child awed me. I would have expected discomfort and reticence in a child her age. But my daughter, just a kindergartener, has already learned a valuable lesson that some won’t ever learn even in a full lifetime. The body is just a shell containing a person with wants and needs like every other. As human beings, our job is then to show an interest in all people and — if necessary — help them to access the same things in life that we all enjoy. That’s a knowledge that will take her far. It’s an understanding that makes me so very proud to be her mother.”


One of the things we fail to teach our children is the power of planning. Thinking about a problem or situation before we jump into action. I just read an article about packing for a trip and the author’s first step was to plan what she needed to take. Bravo! This is one of the good, practical ways we can teach thinking ahead–packing for a trip, making a recipe with Mom and Dad, Christmas list on a budget, how to spend the afternoon.

Perhaps you feel this is simple. It is. Simple but essential.